REMINDER: Prolepsis’ 2nd International Postgraduate Conference

“Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the
Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages

University of Bari (Italy), 26th and 27th October 2017
Confirmed keynote speaker: Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its second international
postgraduate conference whose theme will be the investigation into the
concepts of authenticity and authorship of literary and historical texts
from the Classical Antiquity to the Medieval and the Byzantine Age.
“Auctor est aequivocum” Honorius of Autun writes in his Expositio in
Cantica Canticorum (prol., PL 172, col. 348), underlining the ambiguity of
the term “Auctor”. We would like use this quotation as a starting point for
a discussion on the vast number of issues that derive from the concepts of
authority, authorship and authenticity and on the problems that relate to
their – often controversial – definitions. This year our conference is
particularly keen on – but not limited to –  the following topics:

•       Authorship, pseudo-epigraphy and ancient ghost writers
•       Corpora and spuria
•       Forms of σφραγίς and autographs
•       Ancient and modern interpolations
•       Ancient and modern forgeries and ways to unveil them
•       Borders between forgery and non authenticity
•       Ancient editions and authorial philology
•       Anonymous texts, adespota, unsuspicious authors and attributions in
modern scholarship
•       “Il copista come autore”: notable colophons, famous scribes and
scribal interpolations
•       Ancient terminology for authenticity and authorship (ἀλλότριος,
ψευδεπίγραφος, spurium…)
•       Anonymous texts perceived as authorial and authorial texts
perceived as anonymous
•       Catenae and centos
•       Copyright and Open Access Classics.

The participation in the conference as speaker is open to postgraduate
students and early career researchers. To participate is necessary to send
an e-mail to [log in to unmask] by the 30th of April 2017.
The e-mail must contain the following pdf attachments:

1.      An anonymous abstract of approximately 300 words (excluding
references) and in English. You should specify if the abstract is for an
oral presentation or a poster.
2.      A short academic biography with name and affiliation.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The
languages admitted for the presentation are English and Italian. Selected
papers will be considered for publication. Italian speakers will be
required to provide an English handout and possibly a
translation/translated summary of their paper. Proposals for coordinated
panels and posters are most welcome.

Expenses for travel and accommodation will not be covered. For any
enquiries write to [log in to unmask], we will be glad to
help you find solutions.

The organising committee:

Elena Barile
Roberta Berardi
Nicoletta Bruno
Martina Filosa
Luisa Fizzarotti

pdf version at:

Martina Filosa
Universität zu Köln
Institut für Altertumskunde
Abt. Byzantinistik und Neugriechische Philologie
50923 Köln